"The Jeffersons" was perhaps the most-successful spinoff series to "All in the Family." George Jefferson was the black version of Archie Bunker in many respects, both were loud-mouthed, opinionated and set in their bigoted ways. By 1975, Jefferson's fledging dry-cleaning business, Jefferson Cleaners, had successfully grown into a small chain; his newfound wealth led to moving his family to a "deluxe apartment in the sky" in Manhattan. His family included his wife, Louise, a level-headed and open-minded woman who often had to scold George when his mouth got him into trouble; and Lionel, an engineering major at a local college. He especially disliked Tom and Helen Willis, a mixed couple (he was white, she was black) whose daughter, Jenny, was dating and later married Lionel; Florence, his sharp-tongued maid; and Harry Bentley, the esoteric Englishman who lived next door. George often flaunted his wealth and displayed rude, arrogant, bigoted behavior; however, he often found that money ...
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Marla Gibbs has worked as a reservations agent for United Airlines while struggling as an actress. When she landed The Jefferson's she kept the job part time due to the fact that she was only guaranteed to be payed 7 out of 13 episodes during the first two seasons. By the end of season 2 series producers were surprised to find out that Gibbs still held that job. Gibbs was being used in more episodes than her original 7 out of 13 commitment. Gibbs wryly told producers she kept the job due to the fact that they (the producers) hadn't given her a reason to quit it. This was Gibbs subtle hint that she would like a contract that would make her a regular and thus guarantee her pay for every episode taped in the season. The producers got the hint and beginning in season three Gibbs was signed as a regular and quit her job at United Airlines. Interestingly while still working for United after having been on the series callers who got Gibbs as their agent would often comment how familiar sounding her voice was. See more
Numerous times on and off throughout the course of the series, people make a left when they leave through the exit of the Jeffersons' apartment. The layout of the hallway has Harry Bentley's apartment at the end about a couple feet away at corner on the left side of the Jeffersons' apartment. So it means logically they are just walking right into the door of Bentley's apartment instead of going straight across to the elevator. See more
I don't have to stay here and be insulted!
That's right Mother Jefferson, YOU CAN GO ANYWHERE & BE INSULTED!
Syndicated reruns in the US are cut by 2 to 3 minutes. One particularly bad cut is of a key sequence in the first episode: after Helen and Tom leave George's apartment after being insulted, they are talking in the hallway, and the scene ends with them kissing. This was a controversial scene back in 1975, but its editing was so that stations and cable networks airing the show could fit in more commercials. See more
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Movin' On Up
Written by Jeff Barry
and Ja'net DuBois
Performed by Ja'net DuBois
& Oren Waters See more